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Eads Elementary Newsletter September 9 , 2022




Our mission is to help students demonstrate academic growth and social responsibility in a supportive and intellectually challenging learning environment.

Principal's Chat

I would like to introduce our new school secretary, Mrs. Brenda Podkul. Mrs. Podkul is our attendance secretary so you may get a phone call from her regarding school attendance. She is the first secretary you will meet when you come in to the office.


Mrs. Podkul worked at an elementary school for 8 years before coming to Eads. She is a wealth of knowledge. We are lucky to add her to our office staff.

!!!! Eads Teacher is the School Town of Munster Teacher of the Month !!

To carry on with the theme of this school year - WE ARE MUNSTER – the district is going to be recognizing a Teacher and Staff member each month who are standouts in the School Town of Munster. Today Mr. Heller surprised Karen Tomko with the first teacher of the month award for August.

Mrs. Tomko is a standout at Eads for all of the time she puts in to our school leadership team, Eads Leads and formerly KKids. She spends time preparing and hosting the student leadership camp in the summer. When Mrs. Tomko is not working with students, she is looking for new and innovative ideas for her classroom.


Mrs. Tomko completed the Modern Classroom training last year. This summer she was on the Modern Classroom panel helping to prepare new teachers for the training.

Her love of Eads is evident every day she walks in to the building. She is a model for all of our lifelines!!

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As the school year begins I would like to send some important reminders to help us keep your children safe and healthy throughout the year.


Our COVID restrictions have eased greatly from the past couple of years. Most importantly, please remember that if your child tests positive for COVID she/he must stay home for 5 days, and wear a mask at all times for 5 additional days when they return. We will accept lab or home test results. Please review the entire updated policy on the STM website.

Kindergarten and all new students must have a current immunization record and updated physical on file. If your child needs to take medication at school you will need to provide the proper forms and authorizations along with the medication. These forms can be found on the STM website or can be sent home with your child.


Please keep your child home from school when they show signs of illness in the morning. This would include a fever, vomiting, diarrhea, heavy cough or cold symptoms, sore throat, or bad headache.


Healthy children learn better. Make sure your child gets plenty of rest. Encourage healthy foods and plenty of water. Be sure your child gets daily exercise away from school.

I am looking forward to a safe and healthy school year! Please don’t hesitate to contact me if you have any questions or concerns.


~~ Mrs. Barb Dwars

What is a Title 1 School?

Title I, the cornerstone of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), previously known as No Child Left Behind (NCLB​), is the largest federal education program. Its intent is to help ensure that all children have the opportunity to obtain a high quality education and reach proficiency on challenging State academic content and performance standards.

Title I began with the passage of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) of 1965, which provided federal funding for high-poverty schools to help students who are behind academically and at risk of falling behind. Services can include hiring teachers to reduce class size, tutoring, purchase of instructional equipment, materials and supplies, parental involvement activities, professional development, pre-kindergarten programs, and hiring teachers and paraprofessionals.


Funding supports Title I School-wide Programs and Targeted Assistance Programs, depending on the level of students that receive free and reduced-price lunch in the school and how the school wants to function. School-wide programs have flexibility in using their Title I funds, in conjunction with other funds in the school, to upgrade the operation of the entire school. School-wide programs must conduct a comprehensive needs assessment, identify and commit to specific goals and strategies that address those needs, create a comprehensive plan, and conduct an annual review of the effectiveness of the school-wide program that is revised as needed.​


Eads has been a Title 1 Targeted Assisted school for many years. This summer we applied to become a School-wide program so that we could change how we deliver services to all of our students. Some students receive extra support in reading and/or math through our Title program. Mrs. Julie Edvardsen is our lead teacher that helps to organize services. Her goal is to make sure all students receive the support they need to be successful in school.

PTO Special Person's Day

Grandparents and Special Persons Day is floating in to Eads Elementary on Saturday, September 17th from 9-11. At this free event, students are encouraged to bring their grandparents and/or special persons to the school to show them their classrooms, participate in crafts, STEM activities and the book fair. The theme for this year is "A Day at the Lakehouse".

NEW THIS YEAR: The class with the most parent volunteers will be awarded an EXTRA RECESS!! While your children show off their school to the other special grown-ups in their lives, we would greatly appreciate an hour of your time to make this event a success. If you are able to help, please sign-up at https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10C0A4FADA72EA1FA7-special1

Please email JBEPTO@munster.us with questions.

IMPORTANT DATES



September 12 Eads Scholatic Book Fair Begins


September 17 SPECIAL PERSONS DAY